Setting up an LLC is a step-by-step process that must be done prior to officially filing paperwork with the state. When setting up an LLC in Montana, there are several specific things you need to do in order to make it official. Here are some pointers on how the process works.
Step 1: Come Up With a Name
Even if you don’t plan to conduct business with clients using your LLC, you must come up with a name first. Many owners who will solely be using their LLC for sales tax savings choose to name their LLC after themselves. For example, if your name is John Smith, you might name your LLC “JS Enterprises, LLC”.
Some LLC owners have fun with the naming process and choose novelty names, humorous names, or a name with sentimental value. Before you file your paperwork with the State of Montana, you’ll need to do an LLC name search to be sure that someone else isn’t already using that name.
The Montana business licensing website offers a search function to conduct this search. Your Registered Agent can also help you by performing this search. Once you’ve decided on a name, you might want to secure a domain name.
Step 2: Get a Domain Name & Website Design
If you plan to do business under your LLC by selling products or services, you’ll need to purchase a domain name and hosting services. With your blank canvas ready to go, you’ll then need to pick a website design and fill your website with information about your business.
If you don’t plan to conduct official business under your Montana LLC, it’s still a good idea to buy a domain name. For example, if your LLC is named “J & S Enterprises”, you’ll want to see if jsenterprises.com or jandsenterprises.com are available. For a very small fee, you can buy your domain name and keep anyone else from taking it.
Step 3: Hire a Montana Registered Agent
A Registered Agent (RA) is a person or company in Montana that is allowed to file LLC paperwork on your behalf as well as register your vehicles with the Montana Vehicle Division. Your RA Company can also serve as your physical mailing address where official business-related documents are sent.
It’s quite a bit of work to complete the LLC paperwork, file it, register your vehicle(s) in Montana, and go through the process of officially opening an LLC. That’s why our friendly and experience Registered Agents are some of the best in the business. We’ve been providing Registered Agent services to hundreds of Montana LLC clients over the last two decades. When you know what you’re doing, things run smoothly…and that’s one less thing to worry about. Give us a call today to get started!